Cape Hatteras National Seashore | PICNIC AREAS

Picnic table and grill at Salvo Day Use Area

Picnic table and grill at Salvo Day Use Area

The only spots specifically designated for picnicking at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are on Hatteras Island: the Salvo Day Use Area and the Buxton Woods Picnic Area near the Hatteras Island Visitor Center.

The Salvo Day Use Area is just south of the town of Salvo and is Hatteras Island’s main public access area to the Pamlico Sound. It has a bathhouse, picnic tables and grills, and a huge parking lot with an enormous field in the middle. I did not make a head count of tables and grills, but I estimate there are a half dozen tables and at least two grills. The Pamlico Sound beach is the perfect place for families with toddlers, for it is really more like a lake than the ocean. However, the beach is very small and thin and has as much grassy area as sandy area.

Bathhouse at the Salvo Day Use Area

Bathhouse at the Salvo Day Use Area

Pamlico Sound

Pamlico Sound

The Buxton Woods Picnic Area is near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. If you are coming down Lighthouse Road from NC-12, instead of turning left to go to the Visitor Center and Lighthouse, stay straight and use the parking lot just past the turnoff. The Buxton Woods Nature Trail is at this location as well. There are 17 tables and 2 grills spread out across a fairly large, wooded area.

Buxton Woods Picnic Area

Buxton Woods Picnic Area


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Last updated on March 27, 2020
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